i had nothing. i thought.

if i had blogged in the last two days i would have shown you the progress i made on my wooly bear sock. as it happens, i got all caught up in negotiating a lot of non-knitting stuff (which is never good for my mood or my blog mojo), and ended up each day too late and not having anything blog-worthy.

i mean i knitted, but mostly on the big secret thing i can’t show you right now.

however late night knitting was somewhat fruitful

and now i have two completed caterpillar socks, one in each colorway. i know adam is nearly done dyeing yarn for the kits (only a few left last time we talked!), so it looks like we will both be ready at the same time. i really wanted to post the pattern last night but we ran into some trouble during the photoshoot.

there we were out in our yard at sunset, each of us with one pant leg pulled up, and one crazy (but wrinkle-free) sock on one foot, bending and twisting every which way to get some great caterpillar sock photos, while keeping our feet in attractive sock poses (heel up! foot arched! it’s really not easy to get a guy to do that).

yeah, we ended up with a couple blurry ones. and we reinforced our neighbors puzzlement about what exactly is these people’s fascination with their woolies about, that they need to take so many darn pictures of them, and what’s with the weird poses? is it something obscene, maybe? (to their credit, they were desperately trying to ignore us but it was futile). and why don’t they ever seem to be going off to work?
we just happened to hit prime time for spying on the neighbors yard maintenance and they were out in droves.

worse though, the light was a little strong for the yellow in the yarn and we got some too-strange results overall. the two colorways don’t seem to want to play nice when photographed together. back to the “studio” we go this afternoon and hopefully, i’ll have that pattern to post this evening.

or earlier if i can, because these arrived in the mail today

the rest of my eggplant and pepper starts; i’ll need to get those in the ground this evening too. and i really should do some cleaning of the beds while i’m out there. if there’s time.

ok, a word about my mail carrier. as you know, i adore her, but here’s another reason we should all love her.

the other day she was delivering yet another box of yarn, this time from michelle at the sweet sheep (i’ll show you in a sec), and marveling at how much more mail comes and goes and how thrilled she is about my business. she starts to head back to her mail van, and then turns.

“hey”, she says, “you didn’t by any chance get broken into last week did you?”
“no!” i said, “and i hope i never do.”
“oh good”, she said, “i was driving through the area on my rounds the other day and i saw a pickup truck with a spinning wheel in the back and i know you have a couple, so i got concerned.”
“oh well,” i said, “our local fiber show was this weekend and it was probably someone headed there.”
(here, my mind began to form images of a wily thief sneaking out my front door on tip-toe with my merlin tree wheel clutched to his chest—nonchalantly of course—trying not to raise any suspicions)
“and,” i added (trying not to smile), “it’s not the kind of thing most people would steal; hardly anyone actually knows how to use one.”
“you’re probably right,” she laughs, “but if you do hear of any stolen ones, i have the license plate of that truck.”
“wow, krystal, that is so great of you, thanks!”, i said.

seriously, how can we not love her?

so anyway, right now i have myriad small projects on the needles and one big project. most of the smaller ones are second socks that i’m working on in class, and whenever i go out (i hardly ever go out). and i pick them up here and there for late night knitting. but really, nothing new and interesting.

so last night i decided to fix that situation. i opened the box from the sweet sheep, which i knew held a bunch of sample of michelle’s new sock yarn, sweet socks

and wound off a couple of colors to experiment with for the fine-yarn version of the leaflet mitts (which i knit last week in catherine’s worsted weight yarn).

michele offers two put-ups of this squishy, soft, lovely sock yarn—regular sock skeins and humongous 750-yard skeins for shawls and bigger projects. you know, because sometimes, more IS more.

i started with that melon pink, which is awesome, but i really had my eye on the shamrock, which fairly glows with inner light and has been flirting outrageously with me since the first time i glimpsed its online photo (i’m serious).

so i decided to save the pink for another project and knit with the green. i worked out the mitt pattern for two yarn weights yesterday, so i can test the pattern as i go, and send it off to jocelyn, who is anxiously waiting to use it with her newly-plied handspun (and if you click on her link and go to her blog, she has a tale of two test knits there, featuring two very special knitters).

i got through some swatching for needle size and knit the cuff before calling it a night. so for those of you who really wanted to see this mitt in a nearly-solid colorway, here you go

i think i can finish one of these tonight (after the garden and after working on my big project).

you know, i didn’t think i had anything to say today and no knitting content. hehe. just goes to show how well i can go on about nothing.

ok, one last picture. sorry it’s a little dim; david took it through the window

this little fella lives in our back yard. we see very few bunnies here; there are too many cats, skunks, and possums, i think. but this baby appeared last week and has been hanging out. he loves our weeds, especially the clover that grows in the lawn. he doesn’t even flinch when i bang in and out the back door. we can sit there for half an hour together, but always when i don’t have the camera out with me (natch; he’s no dummy). but if i cough or clear my throat he takes off. i like him a lot.

but hear this: the minute he decides that my garden is a feast for him alone, he’s history.

UPDATED TO ADD:
just a quick note to say that i was in a pretty crappy mood last night and this morning and i absolutely did NOT feel the bloggy spirit. but now that i did, i feel SO much better and happy. i think that writing helps bring to mind all the humorous notes of the day, helps put things in perspective, and brings me face to face with the fact that things really do balance out . . . . thank you for bringing such a lot of fun and peace to my life!

32 Responses to “i had nothing. i thought.”

  1. Linda says:

    Anne: We have that bunny’s twin brother (sister?) on our front lawn. He lives in the heather hedge, but comes out for dandelion leaves. He/she is absolutely the CUTEST thing I have ever seen; I mean seriously, absolutely the cutest!

  2. karen says:

    We have just one baby rabbit in the back, and we named her Hester Dandelion.

    Maybe those plants arrived at just the right time, since it’s (finally!) warming up again. I’ve been meaning to ask you where the good places to get garden plants are around here– any suggestions? we want to put out some herbs and I want to get perennials, too.

    I’m in love with Yarn Nerd yarn! those colorways are fantastic.

  3. Nancy J says:

    That green is entirely Too flirtatious….hmmm… By the way, garden NOW. There are possibly severe thunderstorms coming in tonight and you get them an hour and a half before I do.

  4. Debbie says:

    You think you didn’t have anything to blog? HA! You had a ton, in my opinion. I really like the new caterpillar sock too. I already ordered the other one! See what I mean? I can’t keep up with you! When can we know what the secret project is? Eager! Love Peter C. He looks as though he’s got your number!

  5. Wow – your mail carrier sounds phenomenal! i am on a serious yarn diet right now and you are NOT helping.

  6. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Sounds like Krystal is really looking out for you! I think that gal deserves a pair of socks! lol

  7. Linda B says:

    I’m glad you’re in a better mood. The weather can do that to anyone.
    I hope you got a chance to read the Yarn Harlot’s blog about “Bleeding Hearts”. That, alone, should have perked you up!
    See you Sunday!

  8. Julie says:

    Hi Anne – If it makes you feel any better, I often find myself thinking I have nothing to add to my blog but once I sit down, out it comes. You are far more prolific than I in terms of knitting projects, and your incredible efforts have inspired me on more than one occasion – see for yourself: http://floribundajulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-knits-take-three.html

  9. Josiane says:

    The note you added at the end of your post is lovely. I’m glad that your blogging not only benefits your readers, but you too. Have a great day, Anne!

  10. Danielle says:

    Crappy moods can come and go. I think blogs can be great places to reflect and it gets us out of our own heads so we don’t dwell on our own negative thoughts when those crappy moods are upon us :)

    I think your mail carrier sounds like a gem to me. Plus I’d like to get your mail any day, that box of yarn from the sweet sheep shop looks good enough to dive right into to and take a nap!

  11. Barb M says:

    Don’t thank us. I thank you for all your wonderful designs which are a joy to knit every time. Can’t wait for your next sock pattern.

  12. Lin says:

    I like the caterpiller socks. Our mail man knows everything too, it makes the area feel like a proper community whach is rare here these days. Bunny is sweet!

  13. Jewel says:

    We also have rabbits in our yard and fox, deer, and sometimes a cougar. Love the socks!

  14. marianne says:

    Wow, Krystal…. what an exceptional person!
    Heh, I just love it when yarn flirts :^)

  15. Michelle says:

    I am so glad you like the shamrock as much in person. It was ment for you!

  16. Jess says:

    Your mood seemed fine! :)

    Your mailcarrier is a gem!

  17. Jocelyn says:

    Man, I wish I had half as much to say when I have nothing to blog about! I’m glad it helped as a mood-booster (this reminds me of our “bests and worsts” at dinner — always makes me feel better after a bad day to just get both sides out there). I’m off to wind a skein of my yarn into a cake so that it’s all ready to go. No pressure or anything… ;)

  18. Hattie says:

    I think I like the mitt better in a variegate. Love the green yarn though!

  19. Lisa says:

    Ooh, I love mitts knit in sock yarn! I’m definitely going to have to get that pattern.

  20. Punkin says:

    Krystal gets my vote for Best Mail Carrier. I have had several mutilated knitting and spinning magazines and books these last few months leaving me a little grouchy about the mail system, but what you have shared about Krystal reassures me that is is not all bad. I am glad she has your back. :-)

  21. Tricia says:

    Long-time reader de-lurking – I’m trying to comment more on blogs I read and enjoy. Just wanted to say, never mind the pink yarn or the green yarn, what about that glorious purple?! Off to Yarn Nerd to check it out!

  22. ummm …S’CUSE me, but we were yakkin’ on the phone last night….*grin* how come I didn’t know you were in a crappy mood (wondering) hmmmm, maybe the mood came AFTER the call ;)

  23. Madeline says:

    Re your update: and We thank you because you, in turn, do the same for us!

  24. Romi says:

    I have a feeling I know your secret! SO COOL!!! :D

  25. Malin says:

    Well, thank *you* for writing your great blog and creating all these fantastic knitted things and patterns!

  26. Kim says:

    Lots to love here….that gold sock yarn..yum…and the green….even better!

    I’m glad you are feeling a bit better…stress is never fun :(

  27. Carole says:

    We have bunnies in our yard, too. We’ve seen them 3 times this week and they are just so adorable.

  28. Teyani says:

    Hah! So I was right – there were hysterically funny contortions while shooting the photos of the socks. (giggles alot) Perhaps I should read blog posts in order… ahem… silly me.

    If your bunny gets too close to the garden, get some “Liquid Fence” (all natural garlic spray) it works perfectly, and no problem on food crops. Just spray it on the parts you want to keep safe – it only stinks to humans for a day or so – but critters smell it for ages. Note: you have to re-spray on the new growth to keep it effective, otherwise only once a month. It sure is a cute little bunny.

  29. Opal says:

    So many goodies in one post! But really, writing is wonderfully cathartic and you have such a wonderful style. I really enjoy peeking into your daily life. :)

  30. Hannah says:

    What a wonderful post…from knitting to writing to bunnies…All the makings of a great day :-)

    BTW: The Sweet Feet yarn makes me want to buy armloads just to hold it and squeeze it…If I buy enough, I could roll around in it! Those colors are luscious.

  31. Ronni says:

    Ooooh pretty yarns! Don’t mind me, I’ll just sit here an drool quietly in the corner.

  32. Tara says:

    I too find blogging very therapeutic. It may not be knitting, but it’s the next best thing, right? (except maybe for spinning)